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Syria hosts first international basketball tourney in years

Nov. 29, 2021 15:39 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria hosted the first international basketball tournament on its soil in at least two decades Monday, bringing an Asia region World Cup qualifying game to a packed stadium in the capital Damascus. The game with Kazakhstan, which Syria lost 81-71,...

Kazakhstan plays Iran anthem for Syria at FIBA WC qualifiers

Nov. 28, 2021 08:33 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s sports federation has complained to basketball's world governing body after Kazakhstan welcomed its team with the Iranian national anthem, instead of the Syrian, to the game at the first leg of Asian qualifiers for World Cup 2023. Syrian...

Syria reports Israel attack south of Damascus, no casualties

Nov. 16, 2021 21:33 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s state-run media said Israel carried out an attack on the country’s south early Wednesday with two missiles targeting an empty house and causing no casualties The missiles came from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and aimed at the...

UAE bans some Mideast travelers from flights to Belarus

Nov. 15, 2021 07:56 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has banned travelers from several Middle Eastern countries from boarding flights to Belarus, cutting off one of the last major air routes for would-be migrants to a nation on the European Union’s eastern border. The decision...

Syrian airline suspends Belarus flights over migrant crisis

Nov. 13, 2021 14:32 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s private Cham Wings Airlines on Saturday suspended flights between Damascus and the Belarus capital of Minsk because of the “critical circumstances” along the Belarus-Poland border where thousands of migrants have been trying to cross into the European...

Cold, hungry, afraid: Mideast migrants stuck on EU doorstep

Nov. 12, 2021 13:50 PM EST

DOHUK, Iraq (AP) — Sarkawt Ismat was cold, hungry and terrified, trapped between Polish and Belarusian troops facing off on opposite sides of the European Union’s eastern border. The 19-year-old Iraqi taxi driver is among thousands from the Middle East who have been...

Reports: Emiratis to build solar power station in Syria

Nov. 11, 2021 11:41 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria signed a contract Thursday with a group of companies from the United Arab Emirates to build a solar power station in a Damascus suburb, the government announced. It was the latest indication that the Arab world is willing to re-engage with Syrian President...

UAE's embrace of Syria could lead to more Arab overtures

Nov. 10, 2021 16:27 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A visit by the United Arab Emirates' top diplomat this week may have turned a page for Syria's embattled autocratic president, enabling more Arab countries to re-engage with Bashar Assad. That would be a major shift in a region that for a decade ostracized...

UAE FM visit signals Arab world willing to engage with Syria

Nov. 09, 2021 17:04 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates met with Syria’s once widely shunned president in Damascus on Tuesday, sending the clearest signal yet that the Arab world is willing to re-engage with strongman Bashar Assad. The visit by Sheikh...

Syria reports Israel air raid on military post near Damascus

Nov. 02, 2021 21:33 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s military said Israel has carried out an air raid that hit a military post on the outskirts of the capital of Damascus early Wednesday, causing material damage. It was the second Israeli attack to target areas near the capital in four days. The...